No. Crosstimbers Academy is a free public charter school. However, Crosstimbers Academy does not receive the same amount of state and local funding as a school district. Therefore, donations are welcome and are 100% tax-deductible.
Yes. A diploma is earned from Crosstimbers Academy upon completion of all appropriate credits and carries the same weight as any Texas school district diploma.
Charter schools receive state funds based on the average daily attendance of students (same as traditional public schools). However, they do not receive funds from local tax revenue and the majority, including Texas charters, do not receive state facilities funding. A recent independent analysis of revenue differences between charter school districts and independent school districts reveals a persistent funding gap exists.
Charter schools in Texas were specifically created to accomplish the following goals (Texas Education Code § 12.001):
- Improve student learning
- Increase the choice of learning opportunities within the public school system
- Create professional opportunities that will attract new teachers to the public school system
- Establish a new form of accountability for public schools
- Encourage different and innovative learning methods